To Bed or Not To Bed


1h 43m 1963

Brief Synopsis

Sordi gives a deep and touching comic performance as an Italian fur merchant who is going to Sweden for the first time to attend the annual fur auctions in Stockholm. The movie depicts the clash between his fantasies about sex in Sweden with the reality of what he finds.

Film Details

Also Known As
Amore in Stockholm, Il diavolo
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 22 Dec 1963
Production Company
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
Italy
Location
Sweden; Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Amadeo Ferretti, a fur buyer, lives a quiet life with his wife and family in a small Italian town. An auction in Stockholm takes him on his first long trip away from home, and he begins to imagine that he will be overwhelmed by beautiful Swedish girls. On the ferry ride, Amadeo meets a German scientist, Professor Mayer, who is going to the Nobel Prize presentations, and Amadeo arranges to meet him there. When he first arrives, Amadeo meets a friendly girl but is dismayed to learn that she is only 13 years old. Then he meets Eva and invites her to his hotel room for a drink, but he is disappointed when she leaves after a casual chat. At the Nobel Prize presentations the next day, Amadeo becomes bored and meets another woman, Brigetta, who invites him to a party at her house, where he learns that she is happily married. Amadeo's next encounter is with Carina, who takes him to a sauna, where he faints from exhaustion after rolling naked in the snow. Finally, he meets Katia, and they enter a race riding battered cars across a frozen lake. When the ice breaks, they are rescued by helicopters, and Amadeo is happy to return to his wife and family at home.

Film Details

Also Known As
Amore in Stockholm, Il diavolo
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 22 Dec 1963
Production Company
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
Italy
Location
Sweden; Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in Sweden. Opened in Rome in April 1963 as Il diavolo; also known as Amore in Stockholm.

Miscellaneous Notes

1963 Golden Globe Award Winner for Best Actor - comedy/musical (Sordi).

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 1963 Berlin Film Festival.

Shown at the Berlin Film Festival July 1963

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